Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio released from hospital after neck surgery and “resting comfortably”

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UPDATE: The Rockies just issued a statement saying Nicasio has been released from the hospital and “is resting comfortably at home in Denver.” Great news.

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Struck in the head by a line drive Friday night, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio remains hospitalized following surgery to repair a broken neck but “is definitely moving in the right direction,” according to manager Jim Tracy.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Nicasio “was mobile again, with assistance, for the second consecutive day Tuesday” and “was able to speak briefly on the phone with his mother.”

Renck describes Nicasio’s progress as “incremental improvement” from the fractured vertebra in his neck, which teammate Troy Tulowitzki called “the scariest thing he has ever witnessed on a baseball field.”

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.